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CPD 2Drama is created and employees act in a piece of theatre every time they engage with stakeholders.

Looking behind the curtain – theatrical tricks and secrets to help you excel at the art of influence.

There will be an overview on exploration of acting skills and techniques that will enhance influencing and negotiation skills and help build strong stakeholder relationships to boost business performance.

It will then be followed with a workshop on improvisation which will help to:

  • Create scenarios and presentations using honest expressions to connect with the audience
  • Learn how to conquer fears and work collaboratively in an accepting environment in order to break down barriers to communication
  • Work collaboratively as a team in order to strengthen the ability to “value the difference”. If people can improvise together they can do anything together
  • To enhance creativity and the ability to respond spontaneously in a range of different contexts
  • Develop powers of persuasion and influence.
Date: Thursday 18 January 2018
Venue: Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
Address: TELFORD
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Online bookings for this event have now ended. To secure a place, please call a member of the customer response team on 01780 756777

CPD 2Information technology is ubiquitous in our business and personal lives and is increasingly important as an enabler for productivity and efficiency. But it can also be a spectacularly quick way of eating up cash, goodwill and the very efficiency it was supposed to enhance.

Business’s response to the challenge of IT-enabled change is to professionalise: In the UK Project Management is now a Chartered profession. CIPS is recognised as the authoritative body for procurement professionals. Strategy is often viewed as a discrete discipline. Business Change is increasingly recognised as a core element of rolling out new IT. Benefits Management ensures you get the outcomes you wanted for the business.

Big change necessitates an array of specialist professionals looking to contribute their unique perspective to the journey that organisations go through when changing the way they do their business, or change the business itself. But we have also acquired a plethora of professional tribes armed with their own specialist knowledge and cultures, advancing their own perspectives and objectives on projects: What could possibly go wrong!

Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018
Venue: Plymouth University
Address: PLYMOUTH
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Sunday 21 January 2018

CPD 2The impact of the technological revolution, seen through the growth in technologies such as AI and process automation will have a significant impact on Procurement in the coming months and years.

This event outlines what these market pressures are, how they will impact Procurement and provides some practical examples of how:

  1. To apply a different approach when sourcing new technology solutions
  2. New technologies can be used by Procurement to drive efficiency and value
  3. The impact the rapid growth of computing power may have on the procurement function, and on the careers of those working within it
  4. What artificial intelligence can – and cannot – do, and which developments are closest ahead

Don’t miss this opportunity to come and find out more about how technology and in particular AI, is having an increased impact on our procurement activities.

Please note CIPS members can earn CPD hours for attending this event

Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018
Venue: Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel
Address: HATFIELD
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Sunday 21 January 2018

CPD 2Applying Procurement Skills to a New Challenge!

It’s very unlikely you’ve not heard about the forthcoming changes in data protection laws and your organisation will be busy preparing for 25 May 2018 when the GDPR comes into effect. But what does it mean for buyers and why should you care? This talk provides an introduction to data protection laws, the changes that are coming and what the new obligations, risks and opportunities are for procurement. The talk is from a procurement specialist and is aimed at procurement professionals, with practical advice and examples relevant to the profession. This will enable buyers to easily understand GDPR implications, identify new risks and mitigations and new opportunities for adding value.

Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018
Venue: Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
Address: CHESTER
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Sunday 21 January 2018

CPD 2Firstly, Hays will present the findings from their 2018 Salary Survey guide that will give a good overview of the market as a whole.

They will then give an overview of how market factors have impacted the job market over the last 12 months and how it is best for individuals to approach looking for a new role in today’s job market. They will also look at where the majority of the opportunities are coming from in today’s market.

Since the format has previously proved so popular, each topic will be explored in 3 breakout sessions where Hays will lead a discussion on each table.

Date: Thursday 25 January 2018
Venue: Hays
Address: READING
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Tuesday 23 January 2018

CPD 2What do candidates want?

What are the factors influencing great candidates to move jobs?

Hays Recruitment, specialists in Procurement and Supply Chain selection and recruitment, give us their expert view on what candidates want, hence how to attract the best candidates.

Guest Keynote speaker from Accenture will provide a talk on Procurement Challenges 2018 and beyond.

We will hold our Branch AGM towards the end of the event before networking to provide a review of the previous year and plans for the year ahead.

Date: Thursday 25 January 2018
Venue: Hays Recruitment
Address: BIRMINGHAM
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Tuesday 23 January 2018

CIPS Northern Emirates Branch is pleased to invite you to an industry engineering plant visit to Outotec Engineering RAK (Ras Al Khaimah based re-engineering and manufacturing facility of Finland based Outotec Group). 

With a state of art facility, the plant manufactures and re-engineers products, technologies and services for global customers, particularly in Metal and Mines.

This will follow with a Q&A session by their Procurement & SCM team which will end with an open networking session.

This is restricted to 50 participants only so please register early to avoid disappointment. Meeting point and Location map will be provided separately to registered participants.

CIPS MENA is pleased to invite you to the CIPS Northern Emirates Branch Event on Saturday, 27 January 2018. 

Date: Saturday 27 January 2018
Venue: Outotec Engineering RAK
Address: RAS AL KHAIMAH
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on +971 (0) 4 3116505
Booking ends on Friday 26 January 2018

CPD 2Switzerland BranchEvent Partner: CPAG Common Procurement Activities Group Geneva-based UN Entities and Other International Organizations

The Swiss branch of CIPS and the Common Procurement Activities Group Group (CPAG), hosted by the United Nations Office at Geneva, cordially invite you to a special procurement event in Geneva.

Procurement is playing an increasingly important role in public and private organizations and we have designed this special networking forum to catalyse best practice and process exchange between members of the private and public sectors that will be represented by procurement professionals from private business such as Amcor, Firmenich, and so forth, as well as 19 international organisations.

During the event, speakers will share their experience and knowledge highlighting the different ways the procurement discipline is being enhanced in areas of supplier relationship management, partnering with internal and external stakeholders, managing indirect spend and contributing to a better world through sustainable program execution.

Join us, and learn how procurement is operating in the public sector, bring actionable insights from the private sector and let’s unite together for the public good.

Important Information:
To attend the event, please make sure to have your national ID card or Passport with you, which is obligatory for participants in order to meet UN security requirements. Participants with vehicles will need to park outside the Palais des Nations.

Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Venue: Palais des Nations
Address: GENEVA 10
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on
Booking ends on Thursday 25 January 2018

CPD 2The CIPS West of England Branch is delighted to have Market Dojo come join us and share their market knowledge and experiences on reverse auctions. They will lead an interactive workshop session, followed by a live reverse auction at the end with participation from all delegates. This will be a learning experience for all!

The interactive workshop will be educational and will cover the following:

  • An introduction to reverse auctions
  • Suggest where reverse auctions can be best applied
  • The pros and cons of running reverse auctions
  • Outline some examples and lessons learnt from conducting reverse auctions across the globe
  • Live reverse auction exercise – Participants are the delegates!

The workshop will end with an interactive session where all delegates will participate in a live reverse auction themselves.

If possible, please bring a laptop / tablet to the session where you will be placed into groups as a Bidder (each group needs one laptop / tablet). Wi-fi will be available to ensure connectivity. There is no requirement to install or download any software, the live auction is web-based only. Take note, this is a demo session.

Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Venue: University of the West of England
Address: BRISTOL
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Monday 29 January 2018

CPD 2This is a joint event with the Central London and Harrow Branch.

Take note, this event will be delivered by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), however the principles of supplier qualification, selection and assurance can be applied across all industry sectors, and not rail specific.

Have you ever wondered any of the following:

How to select and qualify suppliers effectively?

How to manage supplier assurance?

How to conduct supplier assessments?

How to reduce time and cost in running a full procurement procedure each time (where applicable)?

How to ensure legal compliance with your suppliers?

This session will provide a high level overview on how to pre-qualify suppliers within your organisation to ensure the suppliers you work with are competent, capable, financially stable, have the relevant experience and expertise to deliver the products and/or services your organisation needs. It will also highlight any lessons to be learnt.

This session will be delivered by Graeme Cox, Head of Supplier Assurance at the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). He will explain how the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) operates and how the principles could be successfully used in other industry sectors (i.e. not rail specific).

RISQS is the supplier pre-qualification service used by buyers of all products and services throughout the GB rail industry. It is the single entry point for suppliers into the rail industry. It supports Network Rail, Transport for London, passenger and freight operating companies, rolling stock organisations, main infrastructure contractors and many other buying organisations in the management of supply chain risk. RISQS provides an open, fair and transparent way for suppliers to be formally recognised as capable, safe providers of products and services. This leads to efficiencies for buyers who no longer need to replicate expensive supplier audits that are carried out for the Industry as a whole.

This will be a learning experience for all!

If there is an appetite afterwards, please join us for informal networking drinks at a nearby establishment.

Please note CIPS members can earn CPD hours for attending this event.

Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Venue: University of Westminster
Address: LONDON
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Monday 29 January 2018